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Summary

I seen a kid killed.... He strangled it, up by the horse.

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic.  

Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within Parliament and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside.  

And during this labyrinthine investigation, Strike's own life is far from straightforward: his newfound fame as a private eye means he can no longer operate behind the scenes as he once did. Plus, his relationship with his former assistant is more fraught than it ever has been - Robin is now invaluable to Strike in the business, but their personal relationship is much, much more tricky than that....

The most epic Robert Galbraith novel yet, Lethal White is the gripping next instalment in the ongoing story of Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott.

©2018 Robert Galbraith Limited (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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  • Mikey
  • poole, United Kingdom
  • 19-09-18

The most epic Galbraith/Rowling novel yet

After having read the previous installments to this series I must say there was little doubt in my mind that I would enjoy Lethal White, but this had a different approach compared to the others and I found myself becoming increasingly intrigued with how Strike was going to overcome the fresh obstacles placed in front of him.

The difference between this book and the last few, is that when Cormoran first appeared on the scene as a personal detective he was a single (albeit a bit lonely as well) rough-around-the edges detective, he was unknown to the public and his raw approach was evident not only from the way he talked, his mannerisms or even the cuisine he would often choose to indulge in (Large donor kebab with extra chips) but also the almost obsessive determination in getting the job done.

Lethal White throws some pretty interesting spanners in the works, Strike is now famous, he's tasted success through his work and he's even found some sort of relationship in Robin, which proves to be difficult as she has become invaluable to him.

Excellently read by a master narrator, this book is pleasingly long in length and the story has more twists than a formula one racing track. This review was about 100 words too long, because any Galbraith novel scarcely requires any introduction, I just got a bit carried away because I enjoyed it so much! Compelling from start to finish.

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  • Sue
  • Dunstable, United Kingdom
  • 21-09-18

Whatever the audiobook term is for unputdownable.

This is the first Strike book since the tv adaptations and it was great to find that the Strike in my head is unchanged. Probably because the tv was so well cast!
This was a very engaging episode and I couldn't stop listening. Excellent plot. The usual great narration from Robert Glenister.
I must admit I did yell at the characters a bit, but that's standard now. They're flawed, I love them.

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Tedious romantic drivel.

As was started in the previous book this series has become more and more about the 'relationship' between Strike and Robin and it is really tedious. This is supposed to be a series about a detective not a romance.

Tagline should be changed from 'A Strike Novel' to 'A Robin Novel.

So if you are looking for a good detective thriller you may want to stay away from this one and also the previous book.

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Compelling in story and performance

I must have got through this audible in record time from the release date, so compelling was the story and performance. I will be sure to find more titles read by the extraordinary and multi-voiced Robert Glenister who brings the best of the different skills of storytelling and acting to his role. And I love, as always with this series, the sense of place... of London, the subtle detail and the broad sweep of the story with its fascinating contemporary themes.

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Intriguing

Incredibly engaging. Couldn't stop to listen to it. The plot is intriguing and virtually gore details free. Glenister reading is flawless. Recommended.

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A good book and yet frustrating

Lethal White is a good book, it’s great to finally have this latest instalment of the Strike series. Overall I enjoyed the book, I would liken it to The Cuckoo’s calling as the pace of the plot was a slow burn.
I did however find certain aspects of the book frustrating and on times irritating. The main issue with the plot was that the people involved where unlikeable, it was my affection for Strike and Robin that held my attention. I also felt the characters were very stereotypical and shaped by JK Rowling’s own political views. As a result the victim’s family were very one dimensional and dull. Jk Rowling is brilliant at producing individual, well rounded characters so I felt disappointed by her efforts.
Robin Ellacott has also gone through a transformation in this book, she is somehow diminished. Her previous spark and passion is subdued and the self enforced distancing between the two main characters isn’t believable nor is the incorrect conclusions they sometimes come to. One minute we have to believe they are ace detectives and the next they fail to see what is in front of their very eyes. I fear JK Rowling will draw out that particular plot line way beyond what is realistic.
Robin also continues to make the same mistakes, never appearing to learn anything whilst all the time the narrative is that she is exceedingly good at her job.
I was left impatient for the next book and would recommend the series however if there continues to be such long gaps between books I can see myself getting bored.

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Great book

Great audio book great pace to the story loved the characters and non stop drama well written fantastic tale

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first book I've ever felt inspired to review

Fabulous installment - listened from start to finish and have started again. It's so indulgently long it answers all the character questions, sets up for more and winds it all up with an intriguing plot. Brilliant audiobook, the only problem with getting it as soon as it's released is the length of time until the next book!

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Brilliant

Great book highly recommended I hope there's another installment. Well narrated by Mr glenister as always

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Another amazing strike novel

Man, I love these books, and this is just as fantastic as the others! Do yourself a favour and jump on this right now

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  • Lexy
  • 22-09-18

Fantastic.

Beautifully narrated by Robert Gennister. Gripping story and thoroughly enjoyable. Full of twists and turns.